by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick celebrated his first career Sprint Cup title on Sunday night after winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and emerging as the highest finishing driver among the four surviving Chase for the Sprint Cup contenders, ending an incredible run that saw him come from behind to win pivotal races in the second and third elimination rounds to keep his season alive.
Harvick, Stewart, Newman and Larson Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, is the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion following his victory in the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I'm just really excited. It's really special for everybody. I’m really happy. I’ve been trying to win this for 13 years. This new format has been stressful, but the racing has been phenomenal," said Harvick, whose previous best finish in the standings was third in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
In a 3-lap shootout Kevin Harvick and his fast #4 Chevy outran Ryan Newman (Chevy 2nd), Denny Hamlin (Toyota 7th) and Joey Logano (Ford 16th) to win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup title at Homestead as well as the Ford sponsored EcoSystem 500 race. The race was interrupted by numerous cautions but with the title and the race on the line, Harvick drove by and away from the other three contenders for the win for Stewart Haas Racing.
by Pete McCole Matt Kenseth took home the winner's trophy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale on Saturday, holding off Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for the victory while 18-year-old rookie Chase Elliott was officially crowned as the 2014 series champion in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Kenseth got around Larson on the first lap of a three-lap green-white-checker shootout and then pulled away.
by Pete McCole Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, Jr. scored his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season in a thrilling battle with Kyle Larson, while Matt Crafton made history as the first driver to win back-t0-back truck series championships in Friday nightâ€™s Ford EcoBoost 200 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wallace passed his team owner Kyle Busch with a daring three-wide pass with 16 laps to go and then held off a furious charge from Larson on the final lap.
At Homestead Jeff Gordon may be out of the running for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, but he's in great position to pick up his fifth win of the season, winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night. Chase drivers Kevin Harvick (179.946 mph), Denny Hamlin (179.348 mph) and Joey Logano (179.259 mph) will start fifth, eighth and ninth, respectively.
Sprint Cup finale Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale' at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap of 180.747 mph (29.876 seconds). Gordon was joined on the front row by Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS). Kevin Harvick was the top qualifier among the four remaining drivers eligible for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship; he'll start fifth on Sunday in his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet. Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS), who is also eligible for the title, qualified 21st.
Newman winning NASCAR title would be poetic justice
by Brian Carroccio It would be unfortunate to see Ryan Newman win the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship by virtue of a victory in this Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Newman, of course, qualified for the Championship round of the Elimination Chase, despite only two top-3 finishes in 35 races. Granted, the Richard Childress Racing driver made Sunday's Championship round fair and square in accordance with the regulations, objectionable as I may believe them to be. Still, in the opinion of me and it appears many others it wouldn't be just for Newman to win Sunday.
by Brian C. Mackey There is a mighty war going on. And most of us don't actually get to see it. I'm not nearly expert enough to determine exactly what the entire battleground looks like, how technologically advanced, or how robust the combat, but I do know that motorsports is one big cog caught in the middle of it. It is a war that is being fought on the front lines of marketing. I call it the war between mass media and the new digital age of targeted media. Or more generally, it is a war between mass media vs. digital media with motorsports promotion jockeying in a no-man's land somewhere between the two.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick turned in a dominating performance in Sunday's Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway to secure a chance to race for his first Sprint Cup title in next weekend's season finale Championship Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. In a race he needed to win to keep his championship hopes alive, Harvick led 264 laps including the final 187 circuits to take home his fourth win of the season and punch his ticket for next weekend's winner-take-all finale
by Pete McCole 18-year-old Chase Elliott became the youngest champion in NASCAR history on Saturday, clinching the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series title in the DAV 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Elliott beat out his teammate Regan Smith for the season crown with a fifth-place finish behind race leader Brad Keselowski, who bested Kyle Busch with a last-lap pass in a final three-lap shootout.
Kurt Busch under investigation for domestic violence
by Dave Grayson In a situation that can only be described as shocking, it appears that NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch is under investigation, by the Dover-Delaware Police Department, following allegations of an act of domestic violence against the driver's former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. The allegations state that the incident occurred inside of Kurt Busch's private motorhome during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing weekend at the Dover International Raceway held the last weekend in September. The couple were reported to have recently discontinued a full time relationship that began back in 2011. No other details have been released by investigating authorities.
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